Humanism Recognized as a Religion by US Government

by Ken Ham
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Whenever I post on Facebook or Twitter about atheism or secular humanism being religions, I am attacked by several atheists and other humanists who insist their beliefs aren’t religious ones. Of course, the fact that they feel the need to provide answers to religious questions such as “Is there a God?” or “What are good and evil?” shows that they are indeed religious. And now the United States Department of Defense has added humanism to its long list of recognized religions.

The Department of Defense recently updated its list of recognized religions from just over 100 to 221—including a formal recognition of humanism as religion. This move reportedly

means servicemen and women who are adherents of small faith groups are now guaranteed the same rights, privileges and protections granted to their peers who are members of larger faith groups.

Apparently the new designation “was lauded by humanist organizations, which have been pushing for full recognition, including their own chaplains, for 10 years.” The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is “ready with ‘chaplain outreach’ to help train military chaplains in humanist beliefs and needs.” Of course, a humanist cannot offer any real hope to anyone. They really have no message except that this life is all there is and that the only hope is in humanity (which the Bible describes as desperately wicked and full of sin [Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23], a fact that is easily seen now and throughout history).

Children Indoctrinated with the Religion of Humanism

Humanists are very inconsistent when it comes to their religious designation. They want the privileges that come with a religious designation (such as chaplains), but they don’t want the public perceiving them as religious because many humanist groups spend millions of dollars suing public school districts or counties to get rid of religion (mostly just Christianity). And what do they want taught in place of Christianity or a Christian worldview? Humanism! They are aggressively pushing to have their secular humanist religion imposed on generations of children —and they are using our taxpayer dollars to do this.

They are aggressively pushing to have their secular humanist religion imposed on generations of children.

If humanists were honest, they would recognize the reality of their religious beliefs and would acknowledge that their religion is being taught, virtually unchallenged, to millions of public school students every day—and that’s wrong! These kids are being indoctrinated in a set of religious beliefs, paid for by taxpayers! Yet they’re supposedly fighting for kids not to be taught religious beliefs. In reality, they have brainwashed the nation’s leaders into passing legislation to protect the teaching of the secular humanist religion to America’s children.

This struggle over worldviews just shows that we are engaged in a spiritual battle, as Ephesians 6:12–13 says,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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